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    Default sharper blade than Derby's

    I have been using Derbys for my last few shaves but am not finding them sharp enough - even compared to the standard Merkur blades I got with my Futur.

    I have received a sample pack with Treet, Wilkinson Sword, Nacet and a couple of different Gillette blades. Can anyone clarify which of those are sharper than Derbys?

    Unfortunately I cannot seem to find anyone in the UK that sells Feathers

    Many thanks in advance, you helpful bunch

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    I'm still quite new to this, but I believe the Derby IS the sharpest blade next to a Feather. Also, while I do like Merkur blades, I believe Derby's are quite a bit sharper.

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    Not sure what Gillettes you have there. Swedish Gillettes seem to be between Feathers and Derbys in terms of sharpness. My take on it anyway...
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    If you can find them, you may consider Crystal blades. They are a tad sharper than Derbys but not sharper than Feathers. I believe Crystal blades are the same as Israeli Personnas.

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    I would put the pack in this order for sharpness.

    Wilkinson
    Merkur
    Nacet
    Derby
    Treet
    Gillette Platinum
    Silver Blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by suffolksupplies View Post
    I would put the pack in this order for sharpness.

    Wilkinson
    Merkur
    Nacet
    Derby
    Treet
    Gillette Platinum
    Silver Blue

    Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by boboakalfb View Post
    Not sure what Gillettes you have there. Swedish Gillettes seem to be between Feathers and Derbys in terms of sharpness. My take on it anyway...
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    Not at all...blades are such a YMMV thing. As you can see, Austin feels the IPs (Crystals) are sharper than the Derbys. The best thing to do is try them all out and see what works for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boboakalfb View Post
    Not at all...blades are such a YMMV thing. As you can see, Austin feels the IPs (Crystals) are sharper than the Derbys. The best thing to do is try them all out and see what works for you.
    I know. Just close to quitting time and in a bit of a wonky mood!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin View Post
    If you can find them, you may consider Crystal blades. They are a tad sharper than Derbys but not sharper than Feathers. I believe Crystal blades are the same as Israeli Personnas.
    +1
    Top 3 on my face: Feather, Crystal (or IP), Derby - Derby being the smoothest and most forgiving.
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    For me, it's Feather, followed not so closely by everything else. I really can't distinguish a lot of difference between the balance of the blades. While I haven't tried IPs, Merkurs do ok for me as do Derbys. Euro Gillettes, Astra, and ASRs bring up the rear.

    I must note that those assessments are based on a Merkur razor. With my Gillettes, there doesn't seem to be as much as a difference and that's were my experimentation normally occurs. But, my shaves are so good with the Merkur/Feather combination, I don't remember the last time I strayed from it.
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    1. Feathers are by far the sharpest DE blade followed by
    2. Swedish Gillette are second

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amyn View Post
    1. Feathers are by far the sharpest DE blade followed by
    2. Swedish Gillette are second
    I'll second that and also say that Swede's last longer and are smoother. They are ideal for tougher beards and sensitive skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gse123 View Post
    Unfortunately I cannot seem to find anyone in the UK that sells Feathers
    http://www.suffolkspares.co.uk/razorblades.html

    Will be adding Feathers to his list very soon.

    Watch the site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gse123 View Post
    Unfortunately I cannot seem to find anyone in the UK that sells Feathers
    Is there a reason they would have to be in the UK? I would think you shouldn't have a problem with shipping from elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boboakalfb View Post
    Is there a reason they would have to be in the UK? I would think you shouldn't have a problem with shipping from elsewhere.
    Only the fact of keeping costs down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labarum View Post
    http://www.suffolkspares.co.uk/razorblades.html

    Will be adding Feathers to his list very soon.

    Watch the site.
    Thank you. I shall keep my beady eye out!

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    Get to your nearest John Lewis and pick up 5 Swedish Gillette's for 1.24, better blades than Feathers IMO, in fact the best I have tried, and I've tried nearly all of them.
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    I am interested to try the Silver Blues sold by

    http://www.suffolkspares.co.uk/silverblue.html

    Paul rates them sharper than Swedes, and they are a good bit cheaper.

    But its all very personal. The only ones I have found sharp enough so far are the Swedes and the Feathers.

    Have you tried Tescos own brand? They are my second best. Boots sell the same blade with their own name on it, but charge more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StGeorge View Post
    Get to your nearest John Lewis and pick up 5 Swedish Gillette's for 1.24, better blades than Feathers IMO, in fact the best I have tried, and I've tried nearly all of them.
    I am sure I paid 1.80 in John Lewis in Reading a few weeks ago.
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